"Posada' is a Mexican tradition. A young couple from the parish are selected to dress up as Mary and Joseph and then spend the days of Advent travelling from house to house asking for a room for the night and telling their hosts about the imminentarrival of Jesus at Christmas.
Modern day "Posada', as done in East Anglia, uses a statue of Mary and Joseph and the donkey instead of a young couple to travel from home to home.
New Evangelisation Co-ordinator, Rebecca Bretherton, said: "Posada provides an opportunity for hospitality and a sharing of our Christian faith with family and friends. By hosting thestatue we can join this simple but effective form of evangelisation.
"Why not make your parish's Posada Journey more missionary this year by including people who haven’t been involved before? If you are hosting a Posada evening, invite your guests to Christmas Mass. They have joined you to pray with the Posada statue so may be open to another invitation."
"As a parish, add some invitations for your Christmas season to the Posada pack as it travels around the parish."
A good leaflet for people who might be considering returning to Mass is called Catholic and Lost Touch. It is available as a Pdf for you to print as many as you need from the resources section of the www.comehomeforchristmas.co.uk website.
Don't forget to take a photo of people with your Posada for your Facebook or Twitter and don't forget to send us a copy for publication inCatholic East Anglia.
Resources to prepare for the Posada include a poster, a rota for the journey and prayers. These have been sent to your parish.
Pictured above are some of the Ignite Youth Team with the Posada statue.